The female hero of my world is a 5’4″, 135 lb., mild-mannered, but firm lady–that’s my MOM. My mom is so many things–the glue that makes my family stick; the conqueror who takes on the best of fights and with such vigor; the patient one who despite my fits of frustration can see beyond the ‘now’ and willing to wait on a ‘better day’; the wise one who ‘always knows best’ but doesn’t rub it in your face when you finally see how ‘wrong’ you were; the strong one who despite being a single mom of two kids only after her 3rd year of marriage carried on with a full-time job, a nice home and plenty of faith!! She is the hero I attribute many of my traits to–being a perfectionist (wanting everything in order); determined (will make IT happen when others doubt you) and courageous (sometimes doing those things that make you feel uncomfortable, but doing it anyway).
She IS who I’ve BECOME!! While growing up, I never saw what she was developing me into–but it’s turned out to be a pretty good replica of herself (smile). (Even though I am a lot louder and more direct than she ever was.) Nonetheless, with the nurturing and direction my mom has given me, I hope one day I can hear my son or daughter say to me “My mom is my female hero!” In the meantime, I’ll keep working to make sure I give them reason to say it!:)
One of my heroes is Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues and the creator of the V Day Movement (www.vday.org). I admire the way Ensler has taken her art and her passion and melded them into activism, creating a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Her courage, vision, creativity are united in a powerful purpose—one that allows each of us to engage and that encourages the realization of our global best.
My favorite current she-ro is Tina Fey. She was the first female head writer on SNL, wrote ‘Mean Girls’ is also the creator/producer of and lead actor on 30 Rock and has just debuted “Baba Mama” a girl- buddy film that she wrote and stars in with Amy Poehler; it was number one for it’s first week in theatres. She is one of the few female show runners (a triple or quad threat: writer/actor/director/producer) in the entertainment industry today. She came from 2nd City-the famous improv comedy group in Chicago –and many of the people she was with there and on SNL are still seen in her current projects today. I think her writing is sharp, clever, relevant and current and she consistently she creates projects and throws work to her very talented group of friends! Gee, wonder why I just A-DORE that?! In addition to all of that, she’s only 38, and is married and has a child. She is a SUPER SHERO and I just LOVE HER.
As far as journalism goes, I would have to say the late Katharine Graham (owner of the Washington Post), the late Mary McGrory (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Washington Post and the Washington Star) and the late Molly Ivins (columnist for several publications). All three were Grande dames in the field. Each had distinctive voices, wit and style.
Graham and the Post’s coverage of Watergate is one of the reasons I became a journalist. Woodward and Bernstein and Bradlee often get the props. Kate Graham deserves her share of that glory.
McGrory could just plain ol’ write. And she seemed unafraid of anyone. We need more journalists who aren’t afraid…especially now.
And Molly Ivins for her down-home storytelling. She’s the one who gave President Bush the nickname “Shrub.”
Also, I know a lot of people don’t care for New York Times’ columnist Maureen Dowd’s snark but I’m pretty sure that if she had a penis, that she would be lauded for her biting commentary and ruthless insights.
I second Rosie on Eve Ensler. She’s a goddess. Ensler talks the talk and walks the walk.
I have to add Dolly Parton. Amazingly talented, funny and strong. I think people confuse her looks with her talents. Shame on them.
I agree with Crystal on Dolly Parton. She has always been one of my favorites.
My she-roes are close to home. When I look at my fellow bloggers, I see she-roes!!!!! I see 4 amazing women who quickly identify and celebrate the greatness in other women! And all you women out there reading Fierce Women Dish, I have no doubt that you are She-roes too!!!!! I feel certain that everyone connected with this blog lifts up and celebrates other women in your daily lives! So tell us . .. . . WHO ARE YOUR SHE-ROES??????